It started the other day when I took myself to Creative Fibers in Windsor, CT for help with a sock I'm making. I'm taking a class in making socks. Socks are practical, and besides, if I want to have a knitting project or two going at all times, I might as well be making something useful.
That yarn is very fine--like hair--and the needles are like toothpicks. I guess it has to be that way with socks. The bulkier you get with a sock, the harder it is to fit into your shoes, and the more likely the possibility of rubbing and blisters. Thus: fine yarn and fine needles.
|The former Seth Thomas clock factory. Do you notice that snow is a recurring theme these days?|
The day I was there, the center was host to a fiber art show,
Flight of Fancy - our new exhibit in the Seth Thomas Gallery
I lent a couple of my jackets to that show, so I was glad that my trip to see Robin there featured a chance to see the display. Look at these wild and crazy items:
celebrating amazing local artisans who specialize in wearable art - a fine and expressive art, where you are your canvas!
Opening Reception scheduled for Friday February 8th from 6-8pm rescheduled to February 15th 6-8pm
|This was my favorite, a free-form crocheted sweater created by Robin Mc Cahill|
|Or how about this impressive crazy patch vest by Judith Davis of Eclectic Oddities?|
|Or how about this piece by I-don't-remember?|
I was glad to have a chance to visit the Center and meet its founder, Doreen Breen, who, the day I was there, was very excited about a teacher named Joseph FireCrow, who teaches students at the Center to make their own flutes from wood. Here's Doreen:
And here's Joseph Fire Crow, whom I've never met:
|He shoulda put that outfit in the wearable art show!|
I drove to Thomaston because I needed Robin's advice about a felted piece I was working on, which I call Shall We? I created it for a juried show called Dare to Dance, which juror Mary Kerr describes as an artist's interpretation of joy. Here's a link to information about that juried exhibition: http://www.marywkerr.com/dare.html
To me, there's no purer expression of joy than that of animals at play, who have no self-consciousness or ulterior motives, and who are not prisoners of the tyranny of cool.
|This one is the invitation to dance|
|And this one's the dance.|
It wasn't to be. The highways were backed up because the ubiquitous snow removal crews were occupying travel lanes and forcing drivers into bottlenecks. I-84 looked like a parking lot both eastbound and westbound. So Carol and I had to reschedule our visit to Nancy. But meanwhile, here's a link to Nancy's site: http://www.nancymasters.net/
All that happened on one day, Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Later in the week, on Saturday, February 16, one of my art quilt groups, the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective, sponsored a felting class, taught by Robin McCahill and held at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, which is my religious congregation.
|Rolling, rolling, rolling|
Lots of work, but look at what you can create in just a few hours!